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Posted by: Melani | 2007/08/15

Q.

BREASTFEEDING PREM BABY

Dear Doc

I battled with pregnancy-induced hypertension and had to have my little girl delivered via c-section at 36 weeks. She weighed 3.085 kg at birth. She is now 1.5 weeks old (from birth).

My first-born was also born big at 4.08kg but at 40 weeks. I was not able to breastfeed successfully and too tense as a first-time mum to persevere.

I would like to breastfeed with this baby tho - but having little luck.
My lo is constantly hungry - sucking at the breast 20 minutes at a time twice in the hour, and then into the next hour and the cycle continues.

When I express with my hand, I do get milk but when using the pump, it would seem like I have a poor milk supply - not even 10mls expressed in 10-15 minutes.

How do I go about feeding this prem baby - especially with her weight ? I am topping up my breast-feeding with NAN - she takes about 60mls or so.

Please help - I am at my wits end and don't know how to ensure that this baby gets the nutrition she needs. Is there a way to work out what that may be ?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I would really like to help you, but we have a special Health24 expert for premature infants. Please write to her and I am sure that she will give you good advice.

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